Kevin Cheng Reigns as Top TVB Earner at $250,000 Per Episode
Mainland China has become the land of opportunity for TVB artists to strike it rich! A new generation of TVB millionaires have emerged, with TV King, Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) leading the crowd! It was reported that Kevin Cheng earned $250,000 Yuan per television episode!
At the Shanghai TV Festival the day before, past and present TVB artists, Kevin Cheng, Charmaine Sheh (馬浚偉), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Steven Ma (馬浚偉), Bobby Au Yeung (歐陽震華), Moses Chan (陳豪 ), and Ada Choi (蔡少芬) attended to promote their respective new television dramas.
In recent years, numerous TVB artists have successfully crossed over to the mainland China market. Last year’s TV King and Queen, Kevin Cheng and Myolie Wu, have forged financially lucrative careers in China. As a result, they spent the bulk of the year filming in China and flying back to Hong Kong only for promotional event appearances.
Prioritizing “gold mining” opportunities in China, Kate Tsui (徐子珊) and Bosco Wong have dropped out of Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>. Kate will be filming a mainland drama in July, clashing with the filming start date of Triumph in the Skies 2.
Known for their professional and hard work ethics, TVB artists were highly sought after by mainland television producers. Kevin Cheng was currently the most popular TVB actor in mainland China, earning $250,000 Yuan per television episode! However, comparable mainland actors of the same caliber were earning $400,000 Yuan! This made TVB artists a good value in comparison.
Other TVB artists’ salaries have been exposed. Ada Choi allegedly earned $200,000 Yuan, while Bosco Wong raked $190,000 Yuan per television episode. Myolie Wu reportedly earned $130,000 to $140,000 Yuan per episode, in which her market value increased after winning last year’s TVB TV Queen title.
Veteran artists Bobby Au Yeung and Steven Ma allegedly earned $120,000 per episode. Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯) commanded $150,000 per episode even for a cameo role in mainland productions.
Virginia Lok Supports “Gold Mining” in China
TVB executive, Virginia Lok (樂易玲), supported the company’s artists to enter the mainland market in order to increase their recognition levels, improve their acting skills, and earn higher incomes.
Regarding the loss of numerous production staff and artists to rival television stations in recent months, Ms. Lok did not feel threatened by the competition. She said, “TVB is made of iron! The soldiers flow like water.”
Ms. Lok indicated that the artists who have left TVB were not the best artists. The most popular actors and actresses remained at TVB. However, Ms. Lok may have forgotten that with the mainland China market an increasing draw, TVB’s best artists may not always be available when they were needed.
Source: Ming Pao
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Jayne: Congrats to Kevin Cheng! At the start of the year, he was rumored to earn $160,000 Yuan, which has now ballooned to $250,000 Yuan. Working for TVB still pays off!